Mitsubishi has updated the Eclipse Cross SUV with new styling and a more user friendly interior. It’ll go on sale in Australia and New Zealand in November this year, and in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2021 as a 2022 model.
The styling has been tightened up, especially on the front fascia with slimmer running lights and a blacked-out grille. The LED headlights have been refreshed as well and so is the lower front end styling with a new skid plate. The side profile remains mostly unchanged with that sharp crease connecting the taillights. As for the rear-end, the designers have gone for a more conservative look this time, eliminating the split windscreen design.
The refreshed cabin features an 8-inch touchscreen display with physical volume and tuning knobs — something that needs to be genuinely appreciated when many other carmakers are ditching such physical buttons and knobs. The touchpad on the centre console has been let go for a storage space, which is also a good move. The feature list also includes a Head-Up Display. The PHEV model gets a joystick-type selector lever.
There are no mechanical changes on the regular ICE variant. The 1.5-litre (1,499 cc) 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine offers 152 hp (113 kW) and 249 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque, and is paired with a CVT that drives all four wheels via Mitsubishi’s S-AWC AWD system. It is unclear whether there’ll be any diesel powertrain on offer.
As for the PHEV, Mitsubishi says that they’ve no plans to add the model to the U.S. market. In case you’re wondering, the updated PHEV model combines a 2.4-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine and two electric motors — one at each axle — same as the Outlander PHEV. The output figures are yet to be revealed.